Yankees Clinch a Playoff Berth

With a recent slide that had allowed the Red Sox back into the division race pundits were starting to worry about the Yankees and their inconsistent starting rotation come playoff time; however, Tuesday they managed to give fans reason for hope as after they clinched a playoff berth with the Texans loss, the Yankees went on to beat the Angels in Anaheim, a team that has given them trouble and will likely make the playoffs.

Going into the playoffs the starting rotation for the Yankees will be C.C. Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Andy Pettitte, and Joba Chamberlain. Sabathia hasn’t played his best in the postseason; Burnett has been inconsistent all season; Pettitte has historically done well in the postseason but there are fears of him wearing down at his age; and Chamberlain has not been pitching well recently. Now this isn’t to say the Yankees will have a bad rotation come playoff time as Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte have played well this season and Chamberlain was pitching well till the Yankees cut his starts down to three innings to avoid wearing him out in his first full season as starter, but it is reason to doubt the Yankees ability to win the World Series.

Moving past the rotation, it was big for the Yankees to pull out the win against the Angels, their play, while not terrible, has been inconsistent and while they have a very talented team analysts worry about their ability to win in a shortened series. Well beating the Angels in Anaheim is a good way to prove that they can do that, especially because as mentioned earlier, the Angels are a team that historically the Yankees have struggled against. Now one win isn’t enough to say that the Yankees are good enough to win the series against them and so tonight’s game holds significance as well, but it is definitely an encouraging sign.

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